Acme Filmworks director Peter Chung (AEON FLUX) has finished his fourth spot for Rally´s and Checker´s hamburger stands. The anime style spots all feature the fast-driving femme fatale, Holly. In the newest commercial "Johnny Law," a cop clocks Holly doing 243 mph in her car. The sly seductress races through a Rally´s/Checker´s drive-thru nabbing two Bacon Cheese Champs. Once cornered by the copper, the cunning character hands over her license conveniently placed between the buns of a burger.
Millimages, a France-based animation production house, has opened a new Internet production division. The Flash produced products will be targeting a teen and adult audience. The company will create a minimum of fifty 20 second to 2 minute episodes per season. The animation firm with locations in London and Paris hopes to create content that converges television and the Web. Millimages is currently working on the development of 12 original Net series, some of which are co-productions with companies such as Magma Films (Ireland) and Happylife (Sweden).
Paramount Parks and Stan Lee Media, Inc., in association with Blur Studio, have teamed up to create "Stan Lee's 7th Portal 3D Simulation Experience." This deal marks the first time an Internet property has been turned into a location-based entertainment experience. The project is scheduled to debut at all U.S.-based Paramount Parks in spring 2001. Under the pact, Paramount will sell branded merchandise and provide links between its own Web sites and those of Stan Lee Media. The attraction will also be distributed to a worldwide network of simulation theaters by Iwerks Entertainment.
Wild Brain, Inc. announced that the animation studio is producing a slate of original Web shows for the Cartoon Network On-line. The 15 Webtoons will air on both of the companies' Internet channels. The two companies have worked together before, most recently on EL KABONG, a Cartoon Network retro TV short featuring the famous 1960s cartoon character, Quick Draw McGraw. Reflecting Cartoon Network's wide array of animated genres, Wild Brain's 15 new creations will vary in terms of art-direction, character design and overall tone.
Manga Entertainment brings Hayao Miyazaki's first film to DVD and VHS. THE CASTLE OF CAGLIOSTRO is the first film written and directed by anime pioneer and visionary Hayao Miyazaki (PRINCESS MONONOKE, KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE). Loosely based on French novelist Maurice Leblanc's ARSENE LUPIN: GENTLEMAN THIEF adventure, the film follows Lupin, an underworld version of Sherlock Holmes, who is famous for swindling goods from the rich around the world.
Rockstar Games Canada, a wholly owned subsidiary of Take-Two
Interactive Software based in Oakville, ON, Canada, is looking for a
3D MODELER; an ANIMATOR, to create video game characters for
PlayStation 2; and a PROGRAMMER, to help develop real-time video
games for a next generation gaming console. . . Motion Media is
seeking an EDITOR and DEMO ARTIST with NT NLE experience. . .
Blackbox Digital is looking for a COMPOSITOR, with experience in
Stardust Entertainment Filmproduktion, a computer animation and visual effects studio located in Berlin-Potsdam, Germany, is looking to recruit a number of people to work on this and other upcoming productions this year. The company language is English.
Fox Family will be adding two new animated series to its 2000-01 daytime schedule. DA MOB follows the life of a wanna-be hip-hop band on their futile journey to fame and fortune. The series is being produced by Happy Life Entertainment. DETECTIVE CONAN will be the newest anime series to hit the channel. The show follows the adventures of top detective Shinichi Kudo, who has been accidentally transformed back into a child by his enemies. The series is being distributed in the States by TMS. Twenty-six episodes of each series has already been secured.
New Orleans, Louisiana-based Imprimatur, Inc., a production, multi-media marketing firm and event planning company is looking for a 2D ANIMATOR for contract work on a children's television program. . . San Francisco, California-based Mondo Media, a new media company that creates and syndicates digital animation for the Web, television and film, is looking for 2D TRADITIONAL CHARACTER ANIMATORS and CHARACTER DESIGNERS to work on original on-line animations and shows. . .
Manga Entertainment has announced the launch of the official X Web site. X is the latest anime hit from Japan to be released in U.S. theatres. The supernatural thriller was designed by the all-female studio, Clamp. The film is directed by Rintaro, who has been working in anime for over 30 years and is best known in the U.S. for directing the TV series KIMBA THE WHITE LION and ASTRO BOY. The site will feature a live streaming video trailer courtesy of sputnik7.com for both Real Player and Windows Media Player and an official movie poster giveaway to the first 100 entrants.
Palo Alto, California-based Pacific Data Images is looking for SENIOR
CHARACTER ANIMATORS. . . Neoglyphix, a pre-IPO Internet entertainment
channel, has an opening for an ANIMATION DIRECTOR who will supervise
all artwork for production of the company's animated Webisodes. . .
Colorado Springs-based Visual Approach is looking for 3D CHARACTER
ANIMATORS for the production of a 3D animated kids series. . .
Hollywood Digital Visual Effects is seeking junior and senior 3D
Dream Theater is seeking an ART DIRECTOR to work on the creation of
concepts, presentation materials and the refinement of design
directions in production. . . Hammerhead Productions is looking for
SENIOR ANIMATORS 2D/3D/TD for feature film visual effects. . . San
Francisco, California-based Attik is looking for a SENIOR ANIMATOR. .
. Monterrey, N.L. Mexico post-production house PubliK is looking for
a creative 3D SGI ANIMATOR. . . The Chimney Pot (Sweden) is seeking a
In a meeting with key advertisers, Cartoon Network executives unveiled their business plan for the 2000-2001 television season, including upcoming original series, program acquisitions, which includes the exclusive Looney Toons rights, and comprehensive on-line initiatives. Cartoon Network will produce four original half-hour animated series through 2001, including SHEEP IN THE BIG CITY. This, their ninth original show, will premiere with 13 half-hour episodes in fall 2000.
Animation film company ADV Films has inked a distribution deal for the
entire catalog of films from The Right Stuf International, Inc. ADV's
library includes BKN cartoon MONSTER RANCHERS. "Because we have anime
standards such as NEON GENESIS EVANGELION and new classics like BUBBLEGUM
CRISIS: TOKYO 2040, forming an alliance with The Right Stuf is a dream come
true for us," states ADV Films President John Ledford. "The Right Stuf has
two of the true milestones of anime in their enormous catalog; KIMBA, THE
Big Idea Productions, producers of the popular children's video collection
"Veggie-mania," is looking for a VICE PRESIDENT of PRODUCTION. . . Wam!Net
is seeking a PRODUCTION MANAGER to be responsible for managing a large
scale render farm and supporting production from Visual Effects Studios,
post-production facilities and design/engineering groups working remotely
via the company's network. . . New Zealand's Weta Digital seeks world-class
ADV Films brings more anime to VCRs and DVD players with the adult drama
SAKURA DIARIES VOLUME 1 on March 15, 2000. The story follows the main hero
Touma's mishaps in trying to court Meiko, who only dates college boys. The
flick is from famed manga creator Ujin. The suggested retail price for the
DVD is US$24.98 and for the VHS $19.98. The DVD features English, Japanese,
and Japanese with English subtitled versions.
- Do you live and breathe anime, comics, manga and sci-fi? Do you enjoy
working in a fast-paced, start-up environment? Then this may be your dream
job! Actionace.com, a pre-IPO company located in the San Francisco Bay
Area, is launching an on-line entertainment channel featuring webisodes
animated in Flash. Actionace.com is hiring all levels of ANIMATORS, from
seasoned professionals to entry-level. Job requirements/skills are: 4-year
college degree (animation major preferred); Thorough understanding of
SYCONET.COM, INC., a leading U.S. distributor of anime videos and DVDs,
announced that ANNELIESE CHANG will become their new director of marketing.
Chang will be responsible for the development of sales and marketing for
the company. Before joining SyCoNet.com, Chang held a management position
at Disney Consumer Products-Licensing, where she managed the product
development for over 20 toy licensees on various Disney properties
including TOY STORY 2, DINOSAUR, MICKEY MOUSE and WINNIE THE POOH. Prior to
Three new Scandinavian markets surrendered their airwaves to Pokemania.
Worldwide sensation Pokemon was recently sold to TV4 in Sweden, TV2 in
Denmark and TV2 in Norway. The show will hit the new territories in January
and February 2000. The international distributor, Lacey Entertainment, also
announced the sale of the Pikachu-vehicle to ATV in Turkey and Noga
Communications' Children's Channel in Israel.
The Pokemon phenomenon began in America in 1998 with the release of the
yU + CO, in collaboration with Digital Domain, provided the motion graphics
design for seven new American Express "Blue" commercials. The titles appear
at the close of the spots as a grouping of light and dark squares, as in a
highly pixilated image, before coming into focus as letters. The titles
where designed to comment on the physical flexibility and the holographic
blue box center of the new card. Garson Yu was designer and director for yU
Viz Communications, a leading U.S. publisher of Japanese animation and
comics (anime and manga), including titles such as POKEMON, DRAGON BALL
Z, and Hayao Miyazaki's NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF WIND, announced new
Internet partnerships and the relaunch of their chief Web sites.
www.viz.com will provide the latest news and information on anime and
manga series. www.j-pop.com will feature reviews on the latest in
Japanese pop culture including anime, manga, games, music and film.
As we reported in the past [AF 7/1/97], the
world-renowned Japanese animation director Hayao Miyazaki had decided to
hang up his white film gloves and never make a feature film again. Well
cheer up anime fans! The master is back to work on a new feature film. This
announcement ends a 2 1/2 year hiatus after PRINCESS MONONOKE broke box
office records all over Japan. What's the follow-up to the US$150 million
hit at the Japanese B.O.? The project is titled SEN TO CHIHIRO NO